Judge demands death penalty for 14 suspects in Hezbollah attack
Lebanese soldiers at the site of a car bomb attack on a Hezbollah convoy travelling towards the border crossing with Syria on Tuesday. [ AFP]
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A Lebanese judge requested the death penalty Wednesday for 14 suspects accused of terrorist attacks including last year’s ambush of a Hezbollah convoy that killed one of the party’s fighters.
In the indictment, Military Investigative Judge Imad al-Zein requested the sentence to men of Lebanese and Syrian nationalities for planting bombs along the Masnaa highway linking Lebanon to Syria with the aim of targeting passing vehicles and security forces.
Seven of the suspects are in custody while the judge issued arrest warrants for seven others who remain at large.
He also issued search warrants for seven other men.
Among the suspects are reportedly members of the Free Syrian Army.
The Hezbollah members were on their way to Damascus when the explosion took place. They were also shot at.
Syrian rebels have said they would target Hezbollah sites in Lebanon in retaliation for the party’s intervention in their country supporting President Bashar Assad's forces.
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